Reading Amie’s recent post on her beloved metal shinies reminded me I put together a list of my own favourite bits and pieces but never got around to posting it – so here it is!
Amie and I, like most heavy metal fans, will hoard and stash almost anything related to the genre, be it a limited edition signed CD or a scrap of paper a band member drew a penis on.
Being in a band means we also have a huge collection of memorabilia from our own tours and shows, and from other bands we have met along the way!
We all have those treasured things that rise above the rest though and I thought I would share a few of mine with you.
Iron Maiden Vans
Have you ever had a pair of shoes you loved to the point you let them get in this state?
Amie bought me these as a birthday present some years ago and I literally wore them every day till they reached the point they are in now. If I thought I could get away with wearing them as they are without looking like a complete hobo I probably would.
Even now I cannot bring myself to throw them away…I even still have the box they came in (full of gig tickets and other memorabilia in the loft!) and I imagine I wont ever throw that away either!
Edguy AAA Pass
You know that one song you listen to, that no matter how dire the situation it -always- cheers you up? For me and my band-mates that song is “Superheroes” by Edguy.
When we were offered the chance to support them at the HMV Institute in Birmingham we were all more than a little excited (as you can tell by look of Amie and Adam’s fridge!)
Edguy were all very lovely and we hung out in the dressing rooms backstage after the gig which was just the perfect end to a great day.
Bloodstock Artist Wristband
For the uninitiated, Bloodstock Open Air (BOA) is a annual heavy metal festival in Derby, UK. I’ve attended every year since 2007 and don’t plan on missing one any-time soon!
I don’t think there is a single metal band in the UK who doesn’t dream of playing BOA from their very inception, it was certainly at the top of our dream-gig-wishlist!
Last summer we finally got the email we’d been wishing for, and my artist wristband is a lovely memento of our first major festival slot.
Original “Sign of the Hammer” Manowar vinyl.
This was a birthday gift from a student at my music school and her family earlier this year. I squealed so loud when I opened it I think I burst a few eardrums!
This is in immaculate condition, having been part of her father’s personal collection since it’s release in 1984.
I love it so much I keep it out on display at all times in my room with the rest of my Manowar treasures (of which there are a great many!)
Handwritten Thunderstone setlist and stage photo.
In September 2010 we supported Thunderstone at The Roadhouse in Birmingham. Having been huge fans of the band for years, when they finally came to England for a one-off gig in London we jumped at the chance to talk them into letting us support them at a later date.
Jump to a few months later and we’re in the green room with the heroes that inspired my own band to form. It was an absolutely magical night for us, culminating in being invited on stage to sing “Until We Touch The Burning Sun” on-stage with Thunderstone.
I also managed to snag the handwritten set-list which has been pinned to my “Wall of inspiration” ever since!
So there you are, my very favourite treasures! Do you have any items of significance, maybe even some Dakesis trinkets hidden away somewhere!
Totally hellbent for priceless pieces of scrap paper